Events – October 11, 2018

Well we finished knocking on all doors at 5:30 PM on October 5. The city map we used as our guide starting in February is tattered and torn but every street is coloured in to indicate that it has been canvassed.

If we missed speaking with you or if you have any questions I will be at the United Church Hall on Tuesday, October 16 from 7-9 PM.  Devon Hanley has graciously offered to perform as well.

I am always happy to discuss issues, answer questions or receive feedback either by email (rjwoznow@gmail.com) or by phone (604)-414-5844.

We have recently put up 2 videos on Facebook and YouTube addressing the Inn at Westview and clarifying my position on the sewage treatment plant.  My Facebook page is Ron Woznow for Powell River Mayor.

 

FINAL POSTER DEVON & RON.jpg

 

Week of September 17, 2018

While I am out knocking on doors, writing pieces for the media, answering questions put to me via my blog and on Facebook I can’t address every rumour that is out there but these 3 deserve attention.

I was asked by a couple in Cranberry if it was true that I never attended Council meetings? I assured them that in the past I had attended Council meetings in which important items were being discussed and members of the public were making presentations. I was in attendance when Jack Barr talked about the Inn at Westview and when a presentation was made on the Timberland Estate ring road and the background on how agricultural land had been inappropriately used for a subdivision. When there are issues of general interest to the public the chambers are often packed and many people, including myself, end up in the hallway or on the stairs. From this position it is almost impossible to hear any of the discussion. As a result I decided in July to watch the streaming of the proceedings on City’s podcast. I have talked with Chris Jackson, the City Clerk, and he advises me that there is no reason that Council meetings could not be held at a larger venue. If elected I would insure that for Council meetings where important City issues are being considered the meetings be held in a larger and more accessible venue to facilitate public participation.

I have also been told that a resident of Cranberry is telling anyone who will listen that I have run for office in every town that I have lived in. I have never run for office if you define “office” as a municipal, provincial or federal position. I was asked to run for president of my ratepayers in Toronto and was acclaimed. I was also acclaimed President of my coop in Vancouver. When the current Mayor announced last December that “there will be a new mayor and council” in 2018 I decided for the first time to run for mayor.

The most surprising rumour is that I do not finish things that I have started. Throughout my career I have been hired as a Chief Executive Office of companies and recruited to be a director of foundations and charities because of my reputation for getting things done. By establishing Canada’s first street drug analysis service for emergency room physicians, completing a $30,000,000 waterpark and residential project outside of Beijing, building the Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation into a national resource for Indigenous youth, initiating the Powell River Wellness Challenge that encouraged over 1500 residents to take steps to improve their wellness and helping the Polish government transition from a Communist regime to a Democracy, I have demonstrated the ability to complete things. For the latter, I was honored with a private audience with Pope John Paul II in Warsaw and made an honorary member of Solidarity.

“One of Ron’s great achievements was to found the Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation. In operation for 10 years the Program has been highly successful in providing opportunities for Indigenous grade 11 students from across Canada to spend time in the participating universities. Ron is the kind of person who gets down to the nitty gritty to get things done like being a chaperone for the students to raising funds for the program. He gets things done!” Verna J. Kirkness August 2018

If you would like to see additional examples of what I have achieved and how I have been recognized see some of the other pages on my website (ronwoznowpr.com).

Below you will see a video that I gave at the Summit On The Value of Medicines in 2007 when I was the Executive Director of The Arthritis Society, BC and Yukon Division.

Some wrong perceptions about my stand on issues.

You may have heard that the only reason I am running for mayor is to prevent a new sewage treatment facility on the old golf club lands. When I first heard this from a resident on Joyce Avenue I wrote a Viewpoint article in the Peak (link below).

I support the need to meet the new federal effluent regulations. However, it is equally important to that we do not hamstring the City with enormous debt. My interest in the location and technology proposed for a new waste treatment plant is based solely on the fact that this would be the most significant capital expenditure in the history of Powell River. To date the City has not provided sufficient information to reassure residents with a solid understanding of environmental issues, technology and economics that a good decision will be made. 20 Years ago Council approved the upgrading of the Westview sewage treatment plant built in the 70’s. This was to take care of the City’s waste treatment until 2030 or 2040. It has been a financial and environmental failure. We do not want to make the same mistake again. The current $70,000,000 price tag for a new treatment plant is based on a Class C estimate. The rating system of project estimates are from a Class A (the most reliable) to Class D (the least reliable). The final capital costs of the project, based on the frequency of cost overruns for similar projects, could easily end up at over $100,000,000. Furthermore the City will not know what grants they might receive from the Provincial or Federal governments until 2019.

https://www.prpeak.com/opinion/viewpoint/viewpoint-wastewater-decision-raises-red-flag-1.23311564

The suggestion that I would like to shut down the mill persists. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am as committed as anyone could be to the mill. I have been in pulp and paper mills in Canada, the US and Australia and co-led a federal government pulp and paper industry mission to Europe to promote Canada’s paper industry. I was an adjunct faculty member in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC where I collaborated with the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada. This experience gives me a solid understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the mill in Powell River and allows me to be more than just committed as I can use my experience in ways that someone without my background cannot.

Update on campaign progress.

Many of you will have seen our new signs at major intersections in Wildwood, Cranberry, Westview and Townsite.

We have knocked on over 4,000 doors as of today. Many people now greet us at the door with “I’ve seen your signs and they look great” and then they add “it’s time for a change”.

The Chamber of Commerce is holding a public forum for all candidates on October 2. As soon as the time and location is available we’ll put it up on the blog.

If you or some one you know would like a lawn sign please let me know.

We are on schedule to complete our door to door campaign by September 30.  If you or anyone you know would like to talk with me or have questions please feel free to get in touch.

 

 

RETIRED CEO EYES POWELL RIVER MAYOR’S SEAT

 TROY LANDREVILLE, STAFF FRIDAY, AUG. 24TH, 2018

Ron Woznow is running for mayor of Powell River.

POWELL RIVER, B.C. – Ron Woznow’s friends told him that he’d be a strong candidate for mayor of Powell River.   He listened.   Woznow has thrown his hat into the political ring and is aiming for the mayor’s seat on municipal election day, Saturday, Oct. 20.

“Last December a group of friends that I’ve worked with on a volunteer basis asked me if I’d run (for mayor),” Woznow said. “They thought my experience professionally and as a community volunteer would make me a good mayor.”

Based on his experience, Woznow believes he has the political acumen for the job. On his website, he notes that, as the former president of the South Armour Heights Ratepayers Association in Toronto, he “spent many hours working with Council addressing Committee of Adjustments, Notices and Hearings, communicating with City Councillors on neighbourhood issues, and updating residents on local issues through public meetings and newsletters.”

“I’ve had a long… probably 40 years experience in trying to make the communities in which I live a better community,” Woznow said.

“I’ve worked with all levels of government; I’ve been very effective at working with people across political spectrums (and) across different age groups to make good things happen,” Woznow added. “I’m comfortable working on any type of a challenge with a wide variety of people.”

The 70-year-old is retired and says that he has dedicated much of his time to volunteering in Powell River.

Woznow considers the mayor to be the city’s chief executive officer, “and I’ve had a lot of experience as a chief executive officer.”

“And I enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds who just want to make good things happen.”

Woznow is running on a platform of job creation.

“Powell River has a lot of young people who have gone away and would love to come back here to work,” he said. “I think there should be a lot of effort into bringing a sawmill back. The major threat to the pulp mill here is lack of fibre, and having a sawmill here would be a great approach to solving that fibre problem.”

In 1995, Woznow co-founded Toi Kinnoir Inc. (TKI). The company developed a computer software program that assisted radiologists interpret ultrasound images.

And so, as a former CEO of a technology based company, Woznow would also love to see Powell River grow into a software development hotspot.

“Whether they’re doing software development for lawyers, gamers, or next generation of Angry Birds, there’s a lot to offer,” Woznow said.

Woznow knows Powell River. He’s been living in the community for seven years and 30 years prior to that, he was a regular visitor because he had a little cabin on Hardy Island.

“I got to know a lot of people in Powell River so it was a no-brainer when it came time to retire,” he said.

Woznow’s website is ronwoznowpr.com.

COMMENTS:

Verna J Kirkness

One of Ron’s great achievements after he retired was to found the Verna J. Kirkness Foundation designed to increase the number of Indigenous students graduating in science and engineering. The program that has been in operation for ten years now has been highly successful and provides opportunities for Indigenous grade eleven students from across Canada to spend time in the participating universities. Ron is the kind of person who gets down to the nitty gritty to get things done, like being a chaperone for the students to raising funds for the program. He gets things done!

I support the continued operation of the mill.

Much to my surprise I have been asked if I think the mill should be shut down? Apparently there is a rumour that I do not support the mill.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

The mill is a key employer in Powell River.  In my discussions with mill union officials, management and Provincial agencies I have learned that the shortage of fibre supply is a major threat to the mill.  Even more than the asinine tariffs that Donald Trump is putting on mill products.  For example, on April 16, 2018 Catalyst shut down one paper machine in Powell River 3 weeks due to fibre interruptions from the usual supplier in the Okanagan.

I am committed to work with Tla’amin Nation, the Provincial and Federal Governments, unions and local business owners to create a new sawmill in Powell River. This would help reduce the threat of fibre interruptions from other suppliers. In the past BC governments have provided significant support to keep forest-based industries in BC coastal communities.  It is time that the Provincial government supports a major initiative in Powell River like a saw mill. 

Below is a video of me when I was Vice President Environment and Research at Fletcher Challenge being interviewed on forest practices and pulp & paper mills by an Australian TV reporter.

Replacement for recent blog post of the one-page document on the “Role of Mayor”.

We realized after the fact that the document attached to the post was difficult to read.

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I keep getting asked about the duties and responsibilities of a mayor. My team and I have put together a one-pager that we are handing out as we door knock.  We are surprised that so many people are unware that the Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer and has specific responsibilities.  Here is a more readable copy of that document:

 The responsibilities of the Mayor of Powell River

The Community Charter  lays out the responsibilities of a mayor. Firstly, the mayor is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Powell River – the buck stops in that office whether the issue is potholes or derelict buildings. It is the mayor’s responsibility to work with the Chief Administrative Office (CAO) in our case, Mac Fraser, to ensure an efficient, effective and responsive municipal government.

(http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/03026_05)

I have been the CEO of corporations and both national and provincial not-for-profit organizations. In these roles I have demonstrated the ability to work with a wide range of managers and employees and have negotiated agreements in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia to enhance the effectiveness of these organizations.

The Mayor of Powell River’s job also includes providing leadership to the Council, communicating information to the Council, presiding at Council meetings, establishing standing committees and reflecting the will of Council.

As a CEO, Board Member, President of a large Rate Payers Association and senior executive in the Federal government I have significant experience in fulfilling all of these responsibilities. The last responsibility is very important as it requires the mayor, notwithstanding their own opinion, to reflect the majority will of Council. If Council votes in favour of a motion which the mayor has voted against, the mayor is obligated to work with the municipal officers to insure that the Council’s will is implemented.  

Throughout my career I have demonstrated the ability to work with a wide range of individuals in order to achieve a common goal. This requires a willingness to listen and act on alternative points of view. This I have done and would do as Mayor of Powell River.  

Powell River is going through a period of growth, it has a strong real estate market and a shortage of housing options. One of the challenges for the mayor is to ensure that all business owners, developers and builders have equal access to development opportunities. As I have no business interests in Powell River I will be able to do this without any real or perceived personal conflicts of interest.  

In addition to the legal responsibilities outlined above, I believe the mayor should also engage and excite knowledgeable business and community leaders to donate time and expertise to help make Powell River an even better place to live.  I have over 40 years experience as a volunteer and know from first hand experience the importance of volunteerism in a community.

Ron Woznow for Mayor

I will bring openness, respect and proven leadershipto the Mayor’s Office. 

(604) 414-5844   www.ronwoznowpr.com

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